About the Office for Equity & Diversity

What we mean by diversity:

It is our responsibility as an institution—as part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and affirming climate—to serve and support the following individuals and groups at the University of Minnesota:

  • American Indians and other indigenous populations
  • People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations
  • People with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities
  • People who identify as women
  • People of various gender and sexual identities and expressions
  • First-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds

We also address issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status. Furthermore, we recognize the importance of working with people who claim more than one of the above identities.

HEED Award logo

In 2017, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity for the sixth year in a row. 

Campus Pride, in 2016, named the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as one of the Best Top 30 List LGBTQ-friendly universities in the nation, marking five consecutive years that the U of M-Twin Cities has received recognition from this organization.